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Johnny the Skull: Pirate’s Cove from Goliath Games Review

Comment: I was sent the game for review. Opinions are my own

Toy Review - Johnny the Skull: Pirates’ Cove from Goliath Games

What a week! This time last week we had no idea that our power flickering would lead to a long week of worsening fires on our hills and power, cell and internet outages for days. Some around us went on Level 3 evacuations while the rest sat in the dark with no services to stay updated. Smoke and embers all around and anxious kids with schools cancelled. Then I remembered about a new game I was just sent that is meant to play in the dark!

Johnny the Skull: Pirate’s Cove from Goliath Games is an electronic game that projects ghost images all around that you must blast away to get to the treasure.

As I had my son make his way to my office to retrieve the game I had him stop to capture this moment. As we could turn around to our window and view fire up in the hills from out valley, sitting in the dark was getting tense until we brought Johnny the Skull out.

To hear the fun spooky noises as images randomly appear all around the dark room on the walls and ceiling was so much fun. You have to be quick and accurate with your blaster that also makes noises so you know if you captured a ghost or not.

Johnny the Skull: Pirate’s Cove is now available at Target. It retails for $24.99 and well worth every penny. This WILL get played with and even since our lights are back on it has been played with again. That next boys (or girls) birthday party invite that comes in I know what gift I will pick up at Target because it is a blast (pardon the pun)!

Goliath Games has been dedicated to creating toys and games that inspire young minds and adults alike to reach beyond their imagination. Johnny the Skull: Pirate’s Cove is an example of the creativity and engagement that their toys bring for the entire family.

Buy Johnny the Skull: Pirate’s Cove at Target

Reviews, Toy Reviews

Easy Games That Kids Can Play By Themselves, or with Adults

3 Easy Games That Kids Can Play By Themselves, or with Adults

If you have never heard of AMIGO games before then you have never played European quality games that are as easy to play as the 5 or less rules to play any of the games. We love games in this house and as the kids get older some games get so complicated we are overwhelmed before we even start playing. This is never the case with AMIGO games we have played.

Below I will introduce you to 3 easy games from AMIGO

Eye Sea

Our favorite of these 3 easy games for the family is Eye Sea. Here is how easy it is – place 9 cards face up. Create phrases with the cards and everyone works at the same time to grab cards and make phrases. Play again by shuffling to mix which cards are out at the same time. The 120 cards offer millions of possible connections. Example: I was able to create ‘Sleeping Bag’ with these 2 cards from above. Buy Eye Sea on Amazon.

card game

Heimlich & Co. is another great mystery game that is easy to catch on. In this ultimate top-secret spy game secret agents collect classified information from a secret safe while trying to conceal their identities.

The players are assigned an agent to keep secret for the other players. You are to protect your agents identity. In game play when you roll the dice you can choose to move any agent you wish. The goal: score points & hide your identity. Keep notes and be ready to write down your guess on who has which agent or free agent. Buy Heimlich & Co. on Amazon.

Heimlich & Co

The third of the 3 easy games we have is Escape From the Hidden Castle. In this game of skill, you need to escape the castle while trying to avoid the phantom. The phantom speeds up as the game goes on, building drama and tension. Rolling the dice either moves you, hopefully into hiding or moves the Phantom.

Escape From The Hidden Castle is a few years old and derived from the popular game, Midnight Party. The object of the game is to get the lowest number of points. To stay extra safe, hide in a room that corresponds with your space. Only one player will escape! Buy Escape From the Hidden Castle on Amazon.

Haunted game

For every AMIGO game there are video instructions on how to play if you prefer to watch it in action. Like I mentioned, each game may have some fun and advanced themes but basically require cards or dice and moving pieces or solving puzzles. These are 3 easy games kids can play but there are more than. just these three. Visit

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The Countdown Game – A tech toy that encourages play Kickstarter Deal

Comment: I am proud to partner with Pressure Games

The Countdown Game

Beginnig today, July 28 there is a new tech toy in town that promotes active play and social gaming with familiar games in 1 handheld unit. The best way to be of the first to own The Countdown Game is to take advantage of their campaign on Kickstarter.

Whack a Mole

The Countdown has 7 games and 4 play modes in this in unit. Play hide and seek with it or use it as a social table game with friends. I have just as much playing as my 12 year old does. WE play together or can play solo. Try setting it out on the table as a centerpiece when you have a social gathering and watch the adults grab it and get into game mode.

Play time

The Countdown Game Modes (Timed Games)

  1. Hide & Seek is a mode that is played with 2+ players. One person hides it and the others look for it. Once found by a seeker there is a puzzle to correctly solve top stop the timer. Watch out! If you make a mistake, the timer speeds up!
  2. Hot Potato is played with 2-8 players. Each player must play a random puzzle and pass to the next. Whoever is holding Countdown when the timer expires is out.
  3. Table CO-OP is played with 2-8 players. Similar to hot potato, you set the timer to work through challenges as teams or individually before time runs out.
  4. Single Player is just for you! Beat your own time with 12 mini-games to play.

The Countdown Games (Puzzles and Games)

  1. Trigger Finger – You will be assigned a color and as buttons light up different colors you only press in when it lights up your given color.
  2. Color Wheel – The * button will display a color. The player must cycle through all the colors until each button matches the * button.
  3. Whack-A-Mole – it’s like the classic! A button will light up randomly and the player must press that lit up button and it keeps going.
  4. Cut the Wire – Follow the screen prompts as it tells the the player to press one or two colors until all the buttons are no longer lit up
  5. Tie the Bell – A color will light up + you will hear tones. You are only to press the lit up button when it plays the tone
  6. Simon Says – do I need to explain this one? Probably not!
  7. SafeCracker – The player must turn Countdown clockwise or counter-clockwise until the word “hold” appears. The game will light up green and become brighter the closer the player gets to the correct angle.

Impressed yet? There is so much fun you can have and it looks deceiving doesn’t it? Who would guess so many games are packed into this?

But there is one more aspect packed into The Countdown Game and it is in the levels. Set games from level 1-9 depending on age, ability and challenge. This way the young aren’t overwhelmed and trying to beat impossible clocks and the older are challenged enough to have fun!

How to get The Countdown Game BEFORE it hits retail? It is in their Kickstarter campaign.

  1. Head to The Countdown Game Kickstarter Page HERE
  2. Make a pledge that fits the deal you wish to qualify for